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The 2024 Bennathan Patient Safety Lecture

Artificial Intelligence for Safer Care: Opportunities and Challenges

Wednesday, April 10, Program begins at 6:30 p.m.
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Named in honor of the late professor Esra Bennathan, Emeritus Professor of Political Economy, University of Bristol UK, the Bennathan Patient Safety Lecture will continue a tradition of learning, teaching, and sharing, all of which were woven into the fabric of his life.

The application of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare is expanding exponentially and is poised to make substantive and disruptive changes to the healthcare landscape. There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating the positive impact that AI is having on healthcare delivery (e.g., reducing burden on doctors and nurses, aiding clinical decision support, and lessening human resources challenges). Simultaneously, the application of AI “at the bedside” raises important concerns and questions among patients, their families, and clinicians alike, including:

  • the applicability/efficacy of AI in the context of complex medical decision-making;
  • bio-ethical concerns associated with AI (e.g., data security, autonomy, accountability, privacy);
  • AI’s influence on health equity (e.g., potential for contributing to bias); and
  • patients’ perceptions of its use in their care (e.g., trust, transparency).

The 2024 Bennathan Patient Safety Lecture will serve as an interdisciplinary forum to address these issues.


Introductory remarks

Terry Fairbanks, MD, MS, Chief Quality and Safety Officer
Senior Vice President, MedStar Health
Executive Director, MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety

Keynote Speaker

Peter Lee, PhD – President, Microsoft Research

Panel Discussion

Moderated by Kate Kellogg, MD, MPH
Vice President, Patient Safety and Infection Prevention, MedStar Health

Bill Sheahan
Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, MedStar Health
Executive Director, MedStar Institute for Innovation

Vardit Ravitsky
President and CEO, Hastings Center

Jessica Galarraga, MD, MPH
Assistant Vice President, Health Equity, MedStar Health

Colonel Steven Coffee
Member, MedStar Health Patient and Family Advisory Council for Quality and Safety


We look forward to spending time with you during this important event. For questions, please contact Megan Leffner at


Additional information

Peter Lee, PhD

We are proud to host Peter Lee, PhD, president of Microsoft Research, as our Keynote Speaker. Dr. Lee is coauthor of the book “The AI Revolution in Medicine: GPT-4 and Beyond” and speaks and writes widely on science and technology trends.

Before joining Microsoft in 2010, he was at DARPA, where he established a new technology office that created operational capabilities in machine learning, data science, and computational social science. Prior to that, he was a professor and the head of the computer science department at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Lee is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and serves on the Boards of Directors of several institutes for the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, the Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine, and the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine. He served on President Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity and led studies for PCAST and the National Academies.